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China (Schooner), aground, 20 Nov 1883

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The schooner CHINA is a total wreck in Georgian Bay. She is a Canadian craft of 314 tons, built in 1863, and valued at $9,000. - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 29, 1883

The schooner CHINA ashore near Tobermory, Georgian Bay, is a total loss. She was flying light. The crew were saved. The CHINA was a canaler. She was built at Port Robinson by Abbey in 1863, rated B 1, for course freights only, and was valued at $5,000. Probably insured. D.O'Neil of Hamilton, Canada was the owner. - Cheboygan Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 29, 1883

CHINA Schoonerof 214 tons.and 20 years of age. Valued at $5,000 a total loss on Georgian Bay 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

On November 20,1883 the schooner CHINA, Edward McGowan master, was wrecked on what is now called China Reef, above Cape Hurd, during a fierce snowstorm. She was bound, light, from Buffalo to Parry Sound where it was intended to load lumber. Early in December the Detroit salvage tug BALIZE, engaged in yeomen service on Lake Huron, arrived at the wreck and left a man to strip her.
The CHINA was launched at Port Robinson on the Welland Canal in April of 1863 by J. & J.E. Abbey for E. Browne of Hamilton. Browne owned her until 1874 when she was purchased by Thompson & Company of Hamilton who sailed her through 1878. At the time of her loss she was owned by M.B. Proctor of Sarnia. Ironically, Captain McGowan almost lost the CHINA in 1879 when she stranded near Lyon's Head and had her rudder carried away. A.N. Moffatt of Port Huron, Michigan, is reported to have owned her on this occasion. Four years later she was not as lucky and broke upon the China Reef, pieces of her floating into the shallows between Wreck Point and China Cove.
      from Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
      by Patrick Folkes

CHINA Schooner of 314 Tons, and 20 years of age. Registered at the port of Hamilton. Bound from Sarnia to Penetanguishene on November 20, 1883, the vessel stranded in a snow storm at Cape Hurd, Lake Huron and became a total loss. Amount of loss $6,600, no lives were lost.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1883
      Department of Marine and Fisheries

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.220277 Longitude: -81.7275
William R. McNeil
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China (Schooner), aground, 20 Nov 1883